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    September 6, 2012
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romney's tax records and is holding them for ransom. you want a country of shared opportunities and shared responsibility, we're all in this together society, you should vote for barack obama and joe biden. >> and presidential pitch. former president bill clinton fires up the democratic convention and lays out why he believes president obama should get four more years. good morning and welcome to "news4 today." i'm eun yang. >> and good morning. i'm aaron gilchrist. if you didn't stay up to watch former president clinton's speech, you may be dragging from catching the start of the football season. two redskins rivals duked it out. the nfl season officially under way now. a bit later, we'll have the highlights and a look ahead to the redskins' first game. >> we're enjoying watching the cowboys win. first though at 6:00 a.m., cloudy skies, muggy out there. when you think of football, you think of cool, fall temperatures. not happening today, but it's coming. >> it's coming. >> it's coming. going to be a hot one today, though. >> yeah. we're advertising the cool because of the heat that we're going to have today, too and
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some showers out there, too, right now, big-time storms around dover, delaware. i'm seeing those just down to the south, headed towards salisbury. so, i'm glad we don't have that. but showers around reston and gaithersburg, gaston, light showers around buoy and sprinkles for columbia and mt. airy right now. and you can see more rain south of luray, all that kind of sliding north and east through the area. shower there headed toward gaithersburg and on the north side of fairfax right now. wet weather is out there. going to need your umbrella probably until about 7:00 or 8:00 a.m. this morning. we're at 78 degrees, warm, so dress like summer for today. 8:00 a.m., 69 to 76 degrees. again, scattered showers right now. for the noon hour, just a slight chance of a little shower coming through, 87, maxing out at 93 today. so, hot. still could see a little shower coming through south and east of d.c. this afternoon. danella? veronica, right now i'm tracking an accident.
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this one is as you make your way northbound, pennsylvania avenue, taking the exit to westbound richie mlboro road. the crash there involves a pedestrian, potentially blocking lanes in the area. we'll continue watching it and give you an update in the next ten minutes. chopper 4 is flying high over i-66 right now. you know how this road does, especially at route 50. seeing a lot of volume in this area, but travel lanes are open as you head to the beltway. bad news is, you are sluggish. let's head over to i-95 in virginia. slow here as well at fairfax county parkway, right around lorton you're heavy on the brakes in that area. and stop-and-go as you make your way to franconia-springfield parkway. back in ten minutes with another look at your traffic. eun, over to you. 6:02 now. president obama will accept his party's nomination for re-election tonight. the president arrived in charlotte for the democratic national convention yesterday and appeared on stage with bill clinton as the former president wrapped up his speech. clinton officially renominated
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president obama during a 50-minute speech in which he rarely stuck to the script. >> when we vote in this election, we'll be deciding what kind of country we want to live in. if you want a winner take all, you're on your own society, you should support the republican ticket. but if you want a country of shared opportunities and shared responsibility, a we're all in this together society, you should vote for barack obama and joe biden. >> sectary of state hillary clinton says she watched last night's speech online from the home of the u.s. ambassador in east timor. the president's speech won't likely be the only highly anticipated moment tonight. "roll call" reporting in gabrielle giffords will lead the pledge of allegiance. the former congresswoman is in charlotte for the dnc. she resigned from congress in january to focus on her recovery from a gunshot wound she suffered last year. president obama will speak tonight from the time warner
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cable arena, not the much larger football stadium organizers had hoped for. the obama campaign called an audible yesterday because of the weather. it's been raining in charlotte all week and there is a chance for thunderstorms tonight. republicans say the event was moved because of a lack of enthusiasm. democrats say that's nonsense. they say 65,000 people lined up to get tickets. 19,000 others were wait-listed. >> i was really looking forward to this. i got my tickets. i was so excited. i waited four hours in line for it, for it to just be denied? >> it's the weather. what are we suppose ede to do, control the weather? democrats are powerful, come on. >> there will also be no traditional balloon drop at the end of the president's speech because of the last-minute change. organizers didn't have enough time to fill the ceiling in the arena with balloons. and our own jim vance and tom sherwood have been in charlotte all week. they'll have more live reports from the dnc tonight on news4. ann romney making a stop in virginia tomorrow. the possible first lady will
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visit a leesburg horseback riding academy. romney is an avid rider who started competing in dressage as part of her therapy for multiple sclerosis. virginia is considered one of the key battleground states that will help decide november's election. the secret service looking into claims that somebody stole mitt romney's tax records. romney's political office in tennessee received an anonymous letter that demanded a payment of $1 million to prevent the records from being released. the letter included a flash drive which the secret service confiscated. romney's accounting firm says there is no evidence any of his tax records were stolen. today is your first chance to weigh in on a plan to double rates on the dulles toll road. the washington metropolitan airports authority wants to raise the price from the current $2.25 to $4.50, gradually raising rates over three years. the extra fees would help pay for metro's silver line. the agency is holding a public hearing at stone bridge high school in ashburn at 5:00. two other meetings will be held next week. in an effort to further
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repair its image, the airports authority terminated a contract with a former board member, cutting ties with mame reiley, who was given a contract months after leaving the board for health reasons, part of a series of ethics reformed passed yesterday at a meeting. the changes stem from a federal audit that detailed lavish and questionable travel spending. police say they have several suspects in the stabbing of a high school student in prince george's county. police say someone stabbed a 17-year-old boy yesterday near northwestern high school in chillum. doctors expect him to survive. administrators placed the school on lockdown as a precaution. police believe the stabber was another northwestern high school student. they aren't saying whether they have a motive for the attack. we're following some breaking news this morning. at least 25 turkish soldiers are dead and 4 other people hurt after an explosion in the western part of that country. the blast happened at an ammunition depot during an inventory check. a turkish news agency reports the soldiers were moving hand grenades when they suddenly x e
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exploded. officials say the explosion appears to be an accident. it's 6:06, 69 degrees. a terrifying bank robbery. plus, it's one of those toss out the calendar type of days. weather and traffic on the 1s. and next, the americans who say they are coming after one of the most popular guys at the [ harry umlaut ] that's one creamy muller.
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today, team usa sprinters will take on the south african who became known as the bladerunner. it is the 100-meter final at the london paralympic games. two americans, jerome singleton and blake leaper tell nbc news they're coming for oscar pistorius. singleton has beaten pistorius's record before. leaper tied it. all three say they consider each
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other friends. >> friendly competition never hurt, right? >> somebody has to win and they want it to be them. 6:11, time for weather and traffic on the 1s. storm team 4 meteorologist veronica johnson tells us about this hot and humid day. hi, veronica. >> yeah, hot and humid afternoon, for sure, coming our way. we're starting this morning with some showers on storm team 4 radar right now. you can see all those little blobs. those are really light showers. you can see how they're lifting through to the north and east. we've got light showers around buoy and crofton, actual sprinkles kind of there more than anything. gaithersburg and rockville and bethesda area, you're looking at light showers to poolville and south leesburg. hometown forecast, 83 by noontime culpeper, virginia, going up to a high today of about 87 to 88 degrees there. some areas south could hit a high today of 90, 92 right in d.c., but hot, humid, maybe a shower coming through for the early afternoon. danella? veronica, still keeping an eye on a report of an accident i
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have. this is northbound pennsylvania avenue as you take the exit to westbound richie marlboro road. a crash there may be blocking at least one lane. just be aware of that. if you're making the commute 29 southbound past randolph road, starting to see some delays just a little bit, some volume increasing from randolph road as you make your way to lockwood drive. the good news is no major delays just yet. and chopper 4 is flying high on the way to i-95. back with a live look in exactly ten minutes. if you're traveling in virginia, you definitely don't want to miss the delays there. aaron and eun, back to you. >> thanks, danella. >> 6:12 is our time now. the big regret jerry sandusky's lawyer says his client has. plus, peyton manning's new jersey is a hot seller. why some kids are told they cannot wear it because of gang concerns. and an elderly man in shock trapped inside a
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an elderly driver has three police officers to thank for saving him from a burning car. his rescue was captured by the police dashboard camera. last friday night, the 86-year-old man crashed his car into a tree in new jersey. the car caught fire. and to make matters worse, his foot was stuck on the gas pedal. two officers ran up to that burning car knowing they didn't have a whole lot of time. >> it's tough to see him there, you know, flames inside the vehicle, flames over the vehicle, flames around us. >> it really wasn't an option to me to let that individual stay
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in that car and burn. >> one officer smashed a window and burned his arm while unbuckling the man's seat belt. they managed to pull him out through the window and drag him away from the car. the driver was disoriented and is being treated for severe burns. cleanup is under way in costa rica this morning after one of the strongest earthquakes to hit there in two decades. a 7.6-magnitude quake shook the coastal province of guanacaste yesterday, sparking landslides and heavily damaging some buildings. state tv reports 22 people were hurt, no one was killed. a hospital had to be evacuated because of significant damage. the country may have been spared greater damage because the quake struck so deep, more than 25 miles below the earth's surface. this morning, police in los angeles still looking for the suspects who kidnapped and forced a bank manager to rob the bank where she works. police say the woman was kidnapped at her home early yesterday morning. the robber strapped what appeared to be a bomb to her chest and sent her into a bank
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of america. the woman called 911 shortly after the robbery. the bomb squad carefully removed that device, blew it up and determined it was not a real bomb. police say at this time they have no reason to believe she was in on the bank robbery. the suspects got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. no one was hurt. the canadian man charged in the deadly shooting at the election rally for quebec's new premier will be in court today. 62-year-old richard bain is accused of opening fire at the montreal building where pauline marois was giving her victory speech, killing one person and wounding another. bain was wearing a mask and a bath robe when he was arrested. police are still trying to determine a motive for the shooting. the defense lawyer for jerry sandusky says his client regrets not taking the stand in his child sex abuse trial. it appears sandusky was going to testify during his trial. in june, a jury found him guilty on 45 of the 48 counts of sexual abuse against young boys during his time at penn state. he is expected to receive his sentence later this month. the man who brought the nfl
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back to baltimore is in the hospital this morning. a cleveland television station is reporting that art modell is gravely ill. modell gained national attention back in 1996 when he decided to move the cleveland browns to baltimore, where they changed their name to the ravens. he eventually sold all but 1% of the team. a ravens team spokesman says modell is at johns hopkins hospital but did not know his condition. the nfl season is now under way. the redskins announced they'll be without starting safety brandon meriweather for the start of the season. he is out two to four weeks after he sprained his knee in practice. but you won't have to wait long to see robert griffin iii in action, just a few more days! fans caught a glimpse of what rg3 can do during his solid preseason games with two touchdowns and no interceptions, but there is no doubt he is feeling some butterflies for his first regular season game. >> everybody gets nervous. you know, everyone gets antsy, anxious, any word you want to use to put on that, it happens,
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but you do try to stay calm, and i have to. i have to stay calm. i can't go in there and be stumbling over my words or too excited in the huddle with those guys. but the way i approach it is stay calm, make sure you walk in the huddle with confidence so the guys are confident with what you're running and go from there. >> the redskins and saints kick off at 1:00 sunday afternoon. go, skins! a not-so-stellar start to the season for the defending super bowl champs. the dallas cowboys handled the new york giants last night 24-17. tony romo made the difference for the cowboys, throwing for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns. the giants quarterback, eli manning, on the other hand, couldn't stay on his feet. the cowboys sacked him tli times. eli's brother peyton manning's number 18 jersey is flying off shelves in denver, but one school district has banned the jersey. the weld county district says the number 18 is affiliated with local gangs. other numbers, including 31, 41 and 81 have also been banned
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because of connection to gangs. county officials say they're all broncos fans, but they're sticking to the ban to keep students safe. >> still weird seeing him in denver colors. one of the most successful careers in america's men's tennis is over. andy roddick walked off the court for the last time last night after losing to juan martin del potro in four sets at the u.s. open. roddick made the surprising announcement last week that he would retire at the end of the tournament. he won 32 tournaments in his career, including the 2003 u.s. open. one of the best american players to play the game of tennis, and we wish him all the best. >> a lot to be proud of, for sure. >> very emotional. >> i always think about pete sampras when i see stories like that. >> he is definitely one of the greatest ever. >> yeah. whatever happened to him? don't hear much about him. >> probably enjoying his life, right? >> good point. coming up on 6:20 and meteorologist veronica johnson is in storm center 4 or storm -- >> storm team 4 center. >> sorry.
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veronica? >> i'm right here! >> let's go. >> that's okay. it's thursday, aaron. outside, you know, it's another day where it's been just the same old thing day after day, humidity, some showers around the area, clouds. that's exactly what it is this morning. look at the temperatures. currently, suitland, maryland and glendale, good morning to you, you're at 76 right now. 78 patch river, 73 degrees in herndon over in fairfax. the showers sliding through. we've got some light showers mainly across areas around montgomery county, gaithersburg, frederick to leesburg and warrington, all this headed toward montgomery and fairfax county. showers stick around miles per hour 7:00 or 8:00 a.m. and we get a break and could have an isolated shower coming our way for the afternoon. today's high 69 to 76 degrees with, again, clouds and a few showers. some heat for tomorrow. a cooldown this weekend. danella? veronica, right now a live look from chopper 4 over the beltway. the inner loop at georgetown
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pike, disabled tractor-trailer blocking that right lane and right shoulder lane and you are sluggish on the inner loop as you make your way around this broken-down tractor-trailer here. let's head to i-95 in virginia. prince william parkway heavy on the brakes northbound in this area. delays continue as you make your way through lorton. you know, stop-and-go to back lick. good news is no reports of accidents along i-95 in virginia. and good news if you are taking the foggy bottom metro station, entrance escalators were down, but now they have been restored. they're working again. great news. aaron and eun, back over to you. >> thank you, danella. 6:22 is your time now. you know the saying, if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it at all? well, after the break, the town that is taking that rule very seriously. and next, a local man says d.c. police grabbed his phone. what he says was missing when they gave it back. i didn't know strawberries where in season right now. shh's no no no no no no.. rosco ..no, no, no...
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doctors will change the packaging for laundry and dishwasher detergents to make them more child-resistant. these little detergent pods are
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colorful and may be attractive and even look like food to children. poison control centers have reported an increase in reports of kids eating them. the detergent contains strong cleaning agents that can be very dangerous if ingested. more on this story coming up on the "today" show. all right, so, get this, there is apparently a new reason to be nice to your neighbors in one belgium town. it is now illegal to insult somebody in public. this is happening in iksel, which is a neighborhood in belgium. being mean could cost you more than 300 bucks. police acknowledge that catching offenders could be tricky and they plan to rely on neutral witnesses to report it. >> can you make a citizens arrest? >> for somebody being mean? >> you said insult in public. what's public? that's going to be interesting to see how they police that. >> more power to them. >> do you think you could live in that area? >> absolutely! >> just checking. >> i don't know what you're trying to imply. >> i'm just asking! it's 6:26 now. it seems strange, but a local museum is putting meat on
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display and a lot of people will stand in line to see it. okay, also, the unholy act police say this guy committed inside a local church. and why a local father's 911 call led to hi
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thou shall not steal. the crime police say this man committed in a local church. i would have been dead. there's no two ways about it. >> and keep out of the water! the animal that caused a chaotic scene at a normally peaceful local lake. good morning, everybody. welcome back to "news4 today." i'm aaron gilchrist. >> and i'm eun yang. you are going to feel a big change today. it is going to be a hot one. >> storm team 4 meteorologist veronica johnson on the storm team 4 weather deck right now, and everybody wants to know how it feels out there, v.j. >> again, kind of clammy and sticky. it's been a repeat each day, kind of the same deal as the day before, but we don't have any rain falling right now, just some clouds overhead, and the wind is back to kind of still, kind of calm throughout the
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area. we had a little bit of a wind yesterday and the day before. radar, it's busy right now, but it's not storms, it's showers that we have here. you can see where the storms are, just south of dover in delaware, and there's some big rains headed towards salisbury and just south of luray. those rains, call it some moderate rains, coming into areas along warrenton and along i-66. and in about 30 minutes to about an hour, generally it's showers, though, for fredericks and leesburg and warrenton that will be making their way towards gaithersburg in fairfax and areas north of quantico. we're in the upper 60s to mid-70s, andrews air force base at 74, arlington 73. cool spot is mt. airy at 69, north of us, and to the west it's 71. today's high 92 degrees but feeling more like 95, 96 with high humidity. so, for today, some early-morning showers. we're kind of dry here for the midpart of the day, and then we could see an isolated shower or storm just really south of d.c.
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along that front today. as you can see, saturday, sunday, we'll see temperatures really step down into the upper 70s by sunday. by the time i come out here next week, it will feel like fall! back to you guys inside. >> thanks, veronica. right now checking out the "first 4 traffic" report. still seeing that incident, disabled tractor-trailer as you make your way on the inner loop at georgetown pike. the tractor-trailer is blocking your right lane and your right shoulder lane, and as you pass the dulles toll road, that's where you're starting to hit the brakes. let's head over to the beltway in montgomery county. you know how that goes. i-95 slow past new hampshire avenue. right now delays continue just about university boulevard, and then things look a little bit better. over to i-66, passing sully road. volume eastbound. that volume continues as you make your way past 50. here's a live look at 50 right now, and you are slow. but the good news is, once you pretty much pass 50 and get in closer to nutley, it's not so bad as you continue your trip toward the beltway. aaron and eun, back over to you. >> thank you, daniel gentleman.
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6:32 now. police are looking for your help to find a robber who held a guy up at church. this is surveillance picture from the st. stephen's church on newton street. on saturday, police say the gunman went into the church, ordered the victim to the ground and went through his pockets. he got away with money, an iphone and other items. then a woman walked in and he pointed the gun at her as well. if you know this man, call police. today, the figure skating coach accused of fondling one of his students will be in court. 50-year-old genrich sretenski teaches at the gardens ice house in laurel. a 16-year-old student there claims he kissed and fondled her during a competition in lake placid last year. news4 uncovered the civil lawsuit in prince george's county. it says the incident happened inside sretenski's hotel room and goes on to say that he sent 500 text messages to the girl professing his love for her. the victim's family is speaking out through their lawyer. >> i don't know if he's done it before and got away with it. i don't know if he plans to do it again. all i know is he's not going to do it anymore to my client.
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>> sretenski's lawyer says the coach denies the allegations. a d.c. man whose phone was taken by police as he took pictures of a crime scene is now suing the department. earl staley says he was waiting for the bus on july 20th near mlk and raleigh in southeast. staley says he saw a police cruiser hit a motorcycle it had been chasing and then officers hit the rider until he was bleeding on the ground. staley says when the officer saw him taking the video, they took his phone. when he went to pick up the phone at police headquarters, the memory card was gone. >> about three years of pictures of my daughter. she's about to turn 4 years in a couple days. them three years of pictures that i won't get back. >> in july, d.c. police issued a reminder to officers, telling them that people have the right to take pictures and video with their phone. d.c. police would not comment on the case. d.c. police investigating two attacks near eastern market to see if they are somehow connected. the most recent attack happened early tuesday morning. casey adams says he was walking
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near north carolina avenue and 3rd street southeast on the phone with his wife. suddenly, two men jumped out and attacked him, demanding his cell phone and money. >> they left me there, you know, on the street just -- i mean, i was unconscious for maybe a few moments. there was blood in my eye. i couldn't see, so i sort of stumbled this way, two blocks to my house. the first thing i said to my roommate when i opened the door was i can't believe this town. >> d.c. police are investigating a similar attack two weeks ago. two men attacked a 29-year-old man just blocks away from tuesday's incident. police have increased patrols in the area to try to catch the suspects. this morning, police are asking for your help to solve a sexual assault in northeast washington. police say a woman was walking along taylor street near catholic university on monday when she was attacked. she told police the man pushed her to the ground, sexually assaulted her and then ran away. a preliminary report is out this morning on the ellicott city train derailment that killed two college students.
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the ntsb says $2 million in damage was caused when 21 cars left the tracks last month. the train, which was carrying coal, derailed on a railroad bridge where 19-year-olds rose mair and elizabeth nas were sitting. both were killed. a full report on the crash will take at least another year. 6:36 is your time, 75 degrees. a local college student who caused a roar at the dnc. and the 50-pound creature that took a bite out of a local woman. at 6:55 this morning, where can this come from? what one woman found in her backyard. and heating up. one last blast of summer. when we will feel more like fall
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a museum exhibit to go gaga fo
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welcome back. well, now you can see one of the
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most famous and talked about dresses up close and personal. lady gaga's meat dress, remember that one, will go on display at the national museum of women in the arts. gaga wore the dress to the 2010 mtv video music awards. the dress along with other items from pioneering women in music will go on display friday. it's not real meat! >> are you sure? >> i think i'm pretty sure. otherwise, it wouldn't have lasted this long. >> it's beef jerky. [ laughter ] >> veronica, that makes perfect sense, actually. sounds good to me! >> yeah, it's beef jerky, it's dried meat. that stuff lasts forever, eun. >> okay, i guess if it's dried meat. it can't be raw meat. okay. >> right. all right, well, you know, i just came in from outside. it was sticky, humid, but at least it wasn't raining. it's not right around d.c. or in areas of fairfax just yet, but you'll be getting some rain. prince george's county now dry. so, right now we've got some showers that are going to be making their way toward mt. airy, back into gaithersburg and out of the leesburg, virginia,
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area, through warrenton. you'll continue with those showers. that will be heading into areas like manassas, and we've got little bit of a shower there. you can see it around montgomery county. that's headed toward columbia, maryland. so, some showers early for clarendon, virginia. here's your hometown forecast. noontime, 85 with a partly sunny sky. then by 5:00, 87, maybe 89 degrees or so. we've got the heat on tap for today, the high humidity. most of the area will stay dry, but can't rule out a little isolated shower, even a thunderstorm coming through. i think our best chance will be south of d.c. for this afternoon. 92 degrees your high today, 93 on friday. a little heat, a little summer, then a little fall. that will be the second half of the weekend. i'll have your extended forecast, so early look at next week coming up in just a couple minutes. first, though, let's get another look at traffic with danella sealock. >> "first 4 traffic" report. still keeping my eye on this
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disabled tractor-trailer and inner loop delays growing at georgetown pike, so blocking the right lane and right shoulder lane. and you're jammed really just past the dulles toll road. also, if you're taking the dulles toll road to the inner loop of the beltway, you are seeing a backup there as well. let's head to 395 and talk about the delays there. and here's a live look as you make your way past duke. your travel speed from the beltway to the 14th street bridge, you know, that drive will take you about 17 minutes to do so. also seeing delays in maryland if you're traveling 50 at 202. watching this road as you make your way past landover road, you're starting to hit the brakes, and your delays continue just past 201. no accidents on 50 in maryland, though. that's the good news. eun, over to you. >> danella, thank you. 6:42 now. a fairfax county woman should get out of the hospital today after a frantic encounter with a beaver. she was swimming the lake bancroft when the attack happened. 82-year-old lillian peterson tells us she was getting out of the water when the animal came
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out of nowhere, biting her several times. a friend heard her screaming and saved her life. >> i would have been dead if he hadn't. we're good friends to begin with, but he -- i would have been dead. there's no two ways about it. >> fairfax animal control euthanized the beaver on the spot. tests later showed the 50-pound animal did have rabies. peterson says she will never go swimming at the lake again. police say they have several suspects in the stabbing of a high school student in prince george's county. they say somebody stabbed a 17-year-old boy yesterday near northwestern high in chillum. doctors do expect him to survive. administrators placed the school on lockdown as a precaution. police believe the stabber was another northwestern high school student. they are not saying whether they have a motive for that attack. the georgetown man suspected of killing his socialite wife is competent to stand trial. psychiatrists at st. elizabeth's hospital say 48-year-old albrecht muth has stopped eating
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but is competent enough to understand the charges against him. muth is accused of killing 91-year-old viola drath last year. muth is due in court today, his trial expected to start in october. an anne arundel county father is facing drug charges this morning. paul brooks called police tuesday night after his 5-year-old son stopped breathing. he claimed the boy had accidentally taken methadone. the boy is expected to be okay. officers found cocaine, marijuana, heroin and meth inside brooks' severn home. they also found two loaded guns. a crime alert in the manassas area. police say someone is breaking into homes near dumfries road and prince william parkway. the burglars have been kicking in doors and appear to be after cash and jewelry. police say lock all your doors and windows, even when you're home, and keep your porch lights on. democrats preparing for a big final day of the dnc. vice president joe biden got a little more familiar with the stage at the time warner cable arena in charlotte early this morning. you see him right here.
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he will accept the party's nomination and give a speech tonight. president obama will also speak tonight. he arrived in charlotte yesterday late in the day. he even appeared on stage for just a few seconds with former president bill clinton as he wrapped up his speech before the dnc last night. clinton had the honor of officially nominating president obama for re-election. he praised the president for getting the economy back on track. he says the bailout of gm and chrysler is one example of how oba obama, the president, is creating jobs. >> now, we all know that governor romney opposed the plan to save gm and chrysler. [ booing ] so, here's another jobs score. are you listening in michigan and ohio and across the country? [ cheers and applause ] here's another jobs score. obama 250,000, romney 0.
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>> clinton also accused mitt romney and paul ryan of misleading americans and not having a real plan to fix the economy. >> president obama is also getting support from women's rights activist and recent georgetown university law school graduate sandra fluke. she warned delegates last night of what a romney president would look like for women. >> in that america, your new president could be a man who stands by when a public figure tries to silence a private citizen with hateful slurs. >> rush limbaugh chastised fluke earlier this year for supporting a measure requiring insurance companies to cover birth control. president obama may not be the only speaker who will electrify the crowd tonight. "roll call" is reporting that gabrielle giffords will lead the pledge of allegiance this evening. the former congresswoman's spokesperson confirms giffords is in charlotte for the dnc. giffords resigned from congress
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in january, about a year after she was wounded in a shooting spree in arizona. there is a bit of controversy surrounding the president's speech tonight. it isn't what he will say but where he will say it. organizers moved the speech from a large football stadium to the time warner cable arena where the convention is taking place. it has been raining in charlotte hard all week long, and there is a chance for thunderstorms tonight as well. republicans say the event was moved because of a lack of enthusiasm. democrats deny that claim. they say 65,000 people lined up to get tickets for that 70,000-seat stadium. 19,000 others were wait-listed. >> it is disappointing, you know, but we wanted to make sure that as many folks had a chance to be in the room with him when he accepted the nomination, but we all know that they're with him and supporting him and have his back in this campaign. that's what's important. >> there will also be no traditional balloon drop at the end of the president's speech because of the last-minute change. organizers did not have enough time to fill the ceiling of that
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arena with balloons. and of course, our jim vance and tom sherwood have been in charlotte all week. they will have more live reports from the dnc tonight on news4. virginia is prepping for a visit from ann romney. she will stop by a leesburg horseback riding academy tomorrow. romney is an avid rider who started competing in dressage as part of her therapy for multiple sclerosis. virginia is considered one of the key battleground states that will help decide november's election. the secret service is investigating claims that someone stole mitt romney's federal tax records. romney's political office in tennessee received an anonymous letter. it demanded a payment of $1 million to prevent those records from being released. the letter included a flash drive, which the secret service confiscat confiscated. romney's accounting firm says there is no evidence any of his tax records were stolen. more problems for ford as the automaker is forced to recall its popular, new escape suv for a third time. cnbc's courtney reagan is here with that story and more. courtney, good morning.
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>> hi, good morning to you. ford is recalling 7,600 of its new escape suvs to fix a leak in the coolant system that could cause the engine to overheat and catch fire. so, the issue affects the 2013 model with a 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder engine. it's the third recall, like you mentioned, in less than two months for the completely redesigned escape. the other problems involved fuel lines in carpet padding. so, this is actually a separate issue. well, nokia and google rolled out their new phones on wednesday. today it's amazon's turn to pull back the curtain. the company is hosting an event in santa monica, california, this afternoon. ceo jeff bezos is widely expected to unveil a new version of the kindle fire tablet, which is nearly a year old, though other rumors have amazon possibly showing off an apple tv-like device or a docking station to allow you to transfer video from the kindle fire to your tv. we're not really sure, but once we know, we'll tell you exactly what it is. back to you. >> all right. thank you, courtney.
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6:49 now. loudoun county is considering a new way to reduce the spread of lyme disease, looking at aerial spraying of insecticides over local parks. loudoun county leads virginia in cases of lyme disease and experts believe without spraying parks and other areas, it will only get worse. >> we're clearly in an endemic area, and the statistics from all of the epp epedemialogic studies, and it's growing at a rate that i believe needs this intervention. >> yesterday the board voted to recommend the spraying. the board of supervisors takes up the issue monday. some county residents oppose the aerial spraying, saying that there are health risks for spraying insecoticides where kis play. coming up on 6:51 this thursday morning, srm team 4 meteorologist veronica johnson is here, and we're looking at rain still this morning, right? >> that's right, and one area south and west of culpeper where
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there is believed to be moderate, even heavy rain with a little lightning heading your way within the next, oh, about 20 to 30 minutes. let's look at storm team 4 radar and you can see the wet weather in the blue. the heavier stuff, where you see the yellow, the orange and the red, and it's just south of our area, south of luray, south of warrenton and over toward dover, where you can see it looks like there's a little bit of a boundary that's trying to set up. that, in fact, is the weather front that is around our area and where we've got the best chance of seeing some showers and some thunderstorms, especially later today. but for this morning, it's frederick down towards leesburg, down toward warrenton, and that is moving toward gaithersburg, fairfax, into areas just west of quantico. so, coming up in the next couple of minutes, a shower for gaithersburg, herndon, fairfax coming into manassas, or i should say back to manassas, because we've had showers already this morning. in the nextculpeper, that will moving in around the madison area, to the south and west and around ruckersville, so heavy
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lightning heading your way. low 70s around the area. so, there is your front. we've got a chance for some showers and storms coming our way later today. as far as the temperature goes, that's the other story. the heat for today. 92 the high but feeling like 95. so, most of us are dry today, but then we're going to get some isolated showers, maybe even a thunderstorm for the afternoon. the weekend, we see a big cooldown and we feel like fall next week. danella? right now, good news if you're taking the beltway. inner loop of the beltway at georgetown pike, that disabled tractor-trailer now in your shoulder lane. still seeing delays, though, from the dulles toll road. let's head to i-270, slow here, jammed out of frederick as you make your way past 80, just 17 miles per hour. then it's stop-and-go through clarksburg. and actually, i had a look from chopper 4. oh, and it's back! chopper 4 with a live look i-270 southbound approaching the beltway. you're still seeing volume, but this from rockville stop-and-go as you head to the beltway.
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let's head over to 29. delays there start right around 200, southbound 29. you can see here at lockwood drive, very sluggish. delays continue as you head to the beltway. good news on 29, though, not seeing any accidents, but it is a slow ride. aaron and eun, back over to you. >> thanks, danella! today drivers get their first chance to weigh in on plans to double rates on the dulles toll road. the washington metropolitan airports authority wants to raise the price from the current $2.25 to $4.50, gradually raising rates over a period of about three years. those extra fees would help pay for metro's silver line. the agency holding the first of three public hearings tonight at 5:00 at stone bridge high school in ashburn. meanwhile, the airports authority is terminating a contract with a former board member in an effort to repair their image. the board cut ties with mame reiley, who was given a $180,000 contract just months after leaving the board for health reasons. it was part of a series of ethics reforms passed yesterday in a meeting. changes stem from a federal audit that detailed lavish and
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questionable travel spending. some simple miscommunication apparently being blamed for a close call at reagan national airport in july. take a live look at the airport this morning. a 14-page report from the ntsb says a regional air center in virginia asked that planes be able to land in reverse direction because of an approaching storm. the tower supervisor misunderstood the request, however, causing two planes to line up on the runway as another one was trying to land. the faa has since banned airports from reversing the traffic flow on runways. the sky may not be falling, but an unusual discovery has one bethesda couple keeping their eyes heavenward. sarah wagshal discovered what looked like a gas cap while mowing her lawn. her husband looked online and determined it came from a military aircraft. the couple wanted more information because they were concerned about parts falling from the sky but say they got no answers from the faa. >> if there are caps, fuel caps coming out, that means the fuel
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is leaving and that's evaporating in the air and pollution problems and other kind of problems. so, he really felt it was important to talk to somebody who was an official. >> wagshal says there is a database of aircraft that have similar parts fall off, but she says she'd like more to be done to ensure the caps are put on correctly in the first place. pieces of space history now on display in northern virginia. for the next two weeks, you can see the gloves and the visor that neil armstrong wore during that historic first walk on the moon. they're on display at the national air and space museum's rudvar hasi center in chantilly. armstrong died last month. a public memorial service takes place a week from today at the washington national cathedral. one last check at the door before we head out. >> a little wet this morning, so pack the umbrella. showers right now are generally light with heavier stuff south of culpeper. showers, a chance for the afternoon, maybe even an
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isolated thunderstorm i think prior to 4:00 in areas south of d.c. but "todatoda hot today, 92 fee 95 with humidity. still hot tomorrow, a big cooldown sunday. danella? still checking i-66, sluggish making your way eastbound past fairfax county parkway, and your travel speed there, 37 miles per hour. eun and aaron? >> thank you, danella. and that is "news4 today." thank you for starting your day with us. >> the "today" show is next. we'll be back in 25 minutes with weather, traffic and any breaking news and we're back here tomorrow morning at 4:28. hope you'll join us then. until then, have a great day. >> make it a great thursday, everybody. anncr: it'll start out as concrete and steel... but it'll become so much more. a new world-class resort casino in prince george's county. two thousand construction jobs to build it. four thousand permanent, good-paying jobs when it's done. hundreds of millions for maryland schools... real oversight to make sure the money goes... where it's supposed to. but none of it will happen unless we vote for...
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